2008 ACC Tournament Semifinals:Preview

The four top seeds face off.

#1 UNC vs #4 Virginia Tech

The general feeling here is a team is not going to go from losing to another team by 39 in the regular season to beating them in the ACC Tournament. That is not to say it will not happen but UNC simply matches up with VT very well and anything less than a blowout would be a surprise here.

UNC 88 VT 65

#2 Duke vs #3 Clemson

In a tournament that has lacked interesting games, this one might fit the bill. Clemson has all the parts it needs to beat Duke and played the Devils close in Durham during their one meeting of the season. The problem for the Tigers is they do not believe they can win and really fell apart at Duke. Heading into this one you have a Duke team that has been up and down during the course of their games when it comes to finding an offense. Clemson looks very much like a team on a mission and smacked BC around in impressive fashion. If Duke shows up with the same huge scoring droughts we saw versus GT and even UNC last weekend, Clemson has a real chance to take this one considering the way the Tigers play defense and pressure the basketball. The Tigers are also very capable of dominating the middle which should easily trump Duke’s play in the middle. For Duke it would behoove them to take care of the basketball and hit their threes since their offense may be limited beyond that. The hot and cold nature of the Duke offense is going to rear it’s head and hurt the Devils at the wrong time. Clemson is capable of taking advantage of that and assuming they can believe in their own ability to win, they can pull the minor upset.

Clemson 82 Duke 78


11 Responses to 2008 ACC Tournament Semifinals:Preview

  1. 52BigGameJames says:

    if Clemson presses, I think you’ll see K use Henderson and Nelson try to take advantage of the secondary break. I’d be a bit careful about the press–I think Clemson can play them straight up in the half-court, although if you press, you take their legs out for the 2nd half.

    From our perspective, we would certain;y hope Clemson presses the whole game. Provided we take care o bidness of course.

  2. TxTarheel says:

    Not to redirect but looks as though SEC has moved the remaining games to Alexander Coliseum…whoever wins the UK/Georgia game gets to play again tonight (!) Sounds like SEC fans are getting hosed on seeing any of it.

  3. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I am not sure they have a choice. The big sticking point is the fact they have to crown a conference champion using the tournament since that is set in stone as the means in which they declare their tournament qualifier. So I think we can safely assume whoever wins the UK-GA game will likely lose the next game. It will be interesting to see how UK and GA play their game at noon. Will they opt for a slower pace to try and conserve something for the nightcap.

    And here I thought you only saw double headers in baseball.

  4. 52BigGameJames says:

    william: fwiw–Bob Knight sez on sportscenter today that G’Town was the most impressive yesterday–mentioned their defense and passing.

  5. TxTarheel says:

    I’m not the only one channeling baseball & Ernie Banks then…”lets play 2 !”

    A little redemption last night for a former UVA player & coach…American punched their ticket to the Dance. Gotta be great morning for Jeff Jones today

    American had fallen at the final huddle three times since joining the Patriot League in 2001, losing the 2002 championship game at home and the 2003 and 2004 title games on the road. The victory was the long-awaited goal envisioned when former Virginia coach Jeff Jones was hired eight years ago by the school located in the affluent northwest corner of the nation’s capital.

  6. william says:

    You know the committee is going to stick UNC with either Georgetown or Kansas. I think GU is better than Kansas, but I would rather be in their region because Kansas is going to try to turn a game into war, after 1957 and losing Roy. Maybe we can hope for Bill to Self destruct in the first round….

  7. 52BigGameJames says:

    like I said last night, I hope Clemson gets stuck in Kansas’ bracket. I will be watching the Hoya/Panther game tonight–should be a really good one–just a shame Pitt lost Cook.

    separate note–Knight’s foray as an analyst should be interesting. He definitely knows the game. it’s laughable that Knight is being referred to as an analyst instead of BEING referred to one.

  8. 52BigGameJames says:

    william: how great would it be to see Knight have a “George Foreman-like” transformation? he could start with some self-deprecating humor. The “I’m smarter than everyone else” act will wear thin in a hurry, and it would be a missed opportunity for the General, imo.

  9. TxTarheel says:

    i caught Knight this morning joking around with Bilas about Jay being in a starting 5 for him…appears he negotiated his own dress-code clause though. He still seems a little stiff in his responses…I bet Jeremy Schaap tries to avoid him in the hallway

  10. 52BigGameJames says:

    Tex-I’m sure a lot of em are walking on egg-shells, but I’m hoping the guy will succeed. His game-knowledge has always been overlooked simply because he’s made himself a caricature.

  11. UNC FAN says:

    Go UNC!

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